I was one of a number of sci-fi fans obsessed with the release of Prometheus, as a long time fan of (at least the first two) Alien movies, I was excited by the prospect of this prequel/re-boot
and the return of Ridley Scott to this storytelling universe. The movie itself ended up being not everything I had hoped for: the dialogue in particular was often cringe-worthy. As a disgruntled former LOST fan, I noted that once again Damon Lindelof can’t seem to put a woman in his stories without having her get pregnant, but this didn’t seem to bug others as much as it did me.
Still, I found Prometheus entertaining nonetheless, I came away with lots to discuss with sci-fi/geek compatriots: the intersection of science and religion in Dr. Elizabeth Shaw’s (Noomi Rapace) quest to discover human origins, she’s a woman of science but equally a woman of faith – she maintains steadfast in her beliefs in both. Meanwhile android David’s (Michael Fassbender) with his artificial “humanity” (or is it?) acts her foil. Shaw’s belief and trust in a higher power seems to motivate her to continue her quest, David’s seeming resentment of his creator – perhaps knowing that he is in many ways, superior – seems to drive his need to be a constant disruptor.
In general, I’m interested to see how Prometheus extends the Alien universe further, but I’d love to see another writer’s take on this story (the Nolan brothers maybe?) I put out a call to my fangirl friends and relations to get their thoughts on the film. Here’s what a few people responded with, starting with TLF contributor Laura Fletcher: